lot of good people, very good people. betty ford now is a code phrase for the fact there comes a time, and there is a place, when and where you can deal with such problems. i knew president ford a bit. he was always open to doing an interview with me because he was friends with my old boss, tip o'neal, real friends, the kind they had in congress in the old days, across the aisle friends. he was a good guy and i'd like to think a good husband. betty had to be something. her openness about homosexuality, about abortion, cancer, and even her own martial relations with jerry. they were republicans, of course, her and her husband. not tea partiers, they believed in government, what government could do for this country. they did what they could for america, in her case that meant for individual americans with real lives to lead, sometimes with real challenges. she gave them hope. her name, betty ford, is a name for that hope.